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Put the lawyer on retainer: your will is about to get a bit more complicated courtesy of Gather and owner Michael Hagie’s unerring ability to find gorgeous items with intrinsic heirloom appeal. Hagie’s background is in textiles, and it shows in the weave and weft of his store, where Eurocentric elements rub elbows with Asian accents and inspired domestic selections. ¶ The bride-to-be buzzes straight to the Abbiamo Tutto-monogrammed ceramics and Michael Weems crystal (register your little heart out, Muffin). And this time of year, as you are entertaining and being entertained, the one-of-a-kind finds for gifts and for home are a godsend. After all, what hostess won’t make you the guest of honor when presented with a set of hors d’oeuvre dishes as appetizing as the tidbits they display? ¶ Other must-loves: Wild Olive ceramics handmade in Italy from 16th-century molds; antique 19th-century engravings; faux flower bouquets in dramatic heights and arrangements that (apologies to your florist) outbloom the real deal. What the heck—treat yourself to a couple of something-somethings. No use splitting heirs.

4999 France Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-920-1400, www.gatheronfrance.com

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